Last summer began with the Virgil van Dijk fiasco.
This summer began with a major deal being announced only an hour or so after the speculation started in France.
Fabinho - possibly the best defensive midfielder in the world in the last two seasons - has joined us from AS Monaco in a £39m deal, with another potential £4m in add-ons. We’ve outfoxed rivals (he rejected Man United last summer) and journalists. Very old school, and exactly how it should be.
With Nabil Fekir apparently next up and us being willing to pay a world record fee for either Alisson Becker or Jan Oblak one thing is for certain, we aren’t fucking about this summer.
Immensely proud of my club tonight. We lost to the better team (and an absolutely outstanding goal by Gareth Bale) and there’s nothing wrong with that. Losing Salah hurt us but several of our players stood up, especially Mane and Lovren.
We’ve been brilliant this season and we’re back at the highest level, which is what we all wanted when Klopp came in. And he’s not finished yet. I’d have taken us finishing second in the Champions League at the start of the season, wouldn’t you?
As for my choice of photo, I don’t do it to slag Loris Karius, far from it. He’s been superb in the second half of the season and is a big reason we got to the final. The problem is he’s shown when the pressure is on the most he can’t handle it. Not his fault, some players can and some can’t. He’ll be a sound back up but tonight has shown he’s not going to be the keeper we need if we want to stay at this level and go further.
Manchester City 1 Liverpool 2 (Liverpool win 5-1 on aggregate)
17 goals in four away Champions League games
79 goals for our front three so far this season
With eight goals each, Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino have scored more goals in a Champions League than any Liverpool player. One more for either will see them level a record set by Dean Saunders of nine goals in a European competition - with at least two more games to come(!)
We have scored more goals in a Champions League season (33) than any other English side
Our fans were waving the pathetic plastic flags City gave out for free
We’re the only side to beat a Pep Guardiola side three times in a season (cheers for getting yourself sent off too, soft lad)
Up the Champions League Reds!
Congratulations to AS Roma too. Long had a soft spot for them so I’m delighted they’ve knocked Barcelona out. Poor Coutinho…